David E. Thompson landscape architecture project files
1936-1970 ( inclusive )
12.5 linear feet (9 containers)
Collection comprises the project files of landscape architect David E. Thompson, including working drawings, sketches and final plans for 138 projects in Washington and Oregon from 1936 to 1970. Projects include parks and recreation sites, schools and colleges, and residential and professional sites. Many project files include complete landscape designs detailing grading, drainage, paving, furniture, irrigation and plantings.
Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries
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David E. Thompson was born in Portland, Oregon, May 31, 1906. He studied at Willamette University, 1925-1927, and graduated from Iowa State College in 1930 with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. He died in 1972.
The following comments were taken from his nomination by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects to a Fellowship in the ASLA, which he received in 1971.
"He was one of the first, truly professional landscape architects in the Northwest. At that early time, no contract documents pertinent to the practice of landscape architecture were available, so he developed legal forms, general conditions, and technical specifications and made them available to others in the profession. As a charter member of the Oregon Society of Landscape Architects (there was no chapter of ASLA in the Northwest at that time) he devoted his time during the 1950's to private practice and to solidifying the position of the landscape architect as an accepted professional. In 1961, while president of the OSLA, his efforts were instrumental in making Oregon the fifth state in the nation to achieve registration. He served as chairman of the Oregon Board of Landscape Architect Examiners from 1967 to 1972. In 1969, he was national president of the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. He was president of the PNW chapter of ASLA.
"In addition to his work within ASLA he was an active exponent of the profession in civic activities, and helped promote the interests of the Society by serving on many civic committees and commissions. He was vice-chairman of the Oregon Capitol Planning Commission.
"His executed works of landscape architecture were among the first in the North-west to demonstrate the full potential of the profession. These included road-side improvement, youth camps, an army cantonment, state, county, and city parks, public building work, cemeteries, school and college development, housing developments, subdivisions, residential and commercial properties and teaching. Many of the projects involved complete landscape design, making use of site planning, details of grading, drainage, paving, furniture, irrigation, and plantings. If one project must be chosen as his best, it would be the Portland Zoological Gardens, one of the world's modern zoos, planned and built on a 75 acre site in Hoyt Park, Portland. His was the responsibility for remaking a hillside golf course into a site integrating the zoo grounds and structures.The result is an excellent example of complete cooperation between the professional planning firms involved."
The collection consists of the working drawings, sketches and final plans for 138 projects in the Washington and Oregon areas. Included are the landscape plans, irrigation layouts, topographical studies, etc. for recreational sites, schools and colleges, parks and residential and professional sites.
The paper finding aid available in Special Collections & University Archives lists the name of the project, location, title of sheet, date, number of sheets, and the storage roll number.
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Preferred Citation :
[Identification of item], David E. Thompson landscape architecture project files, Ax 851, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
Collection is arranged in alphabetical order by site or client name.
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Collection processed by processing staff.
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Detailed Description of the Collection
ASTORIA HIGH SCHOOL. Astoria, Oregon
BAHAMIAN VILLAGE. Freeport, Grand Bahamas
BEL-AIRE NO. 3. Beaverton, Oregon
BEL-AIRE VILLAGE. Idaho Falls, Idaho
BENEDICTINE SISTERS, Mount Angel, Oregon
BENSON, MR. AND MRS. CHESTER. Residence. Portland, Oregon
BISHOP, MR. AND MRS ROBERT. Residence. Portland, Oregon
BLUE LAKE PARK. Multnomah County, Oregon
BUSH'S PASTURE. Salem, Oregon
CALVARY CEMETERY, Yakima, Washington
CATHOLIC CEMETERY FOR PARISHES. Spokane, Washington
CHANCERY OFFICE - ARCHDIOCESE OF PORTLAND. Portland, Oregon
CHANTILLY LANE PARK. Multnomah County, Oregon
CHRIST CHURCH. Oswego, Oregon
CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH. Clackamas County, Oregon
CHURCH OF MARY MAGDELENE. Portland, Oregon
CLARK COUNTY P.U.D. OFFICE BUILDING. Vancouver, Washington
CLELAND, MR. AND MRS. JOHN P. Oregon City, Oregon
COLONIAL HEIGHTS UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
CONDON HIGH SCHOOL. Condon, Oregon
COOPER AND ROSE. HIGH RISE APARTMENTS. 17th and Wasco St., Portland, Oregon
COURTEMANCHE, MR. AND MRS. L. A. McMinnville, Oregon
COVE PALISADE STATE PARK
CRAWFORD BUILDING. Portland, Oregon
THE DALLES GENERAL HOSPITAL. Dalles, Oregon
DYER, J. M. Residence. 679 Irving St., Astoria, Oregon
EAKIN, MR. AND MRS. H. E. Residence. Cottage Grove, Oregon
ELECTRI - see RATCHFORD, FLOYD S
ENGLEMAN, CAPT. C. L. "KANATI FALLS RANCH." Washougal, Washington
FENNELL, MR. AND MRS. KENNETH D.Portland, Oregon
FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF OREGON. Madras, Oregon
FRANCIS, MR. AND MRS. C. E. Residence. Portland, Oregon
FRANK, LLOYD. Property. Portland, Oregon
GARDEN APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT, see REYNOLDS, MR. R. B
GEARHART GOLF COURSE
GETHSEMENI CEMETERY. Portland, Oregon
GETHSEMENI CEMETERY. Seattle, Washington
GOODNIGHT, DR. AND MRS. SCOTT H. Residence. Portland, Orego
GREEN VALLEY FARMS. South Junction, Oregon
HAMMOND, MR. AND MRS. BILL
HANFORD PROJECT. Washington Public Power
HANSON, MR. AND MRS. ROY. Residence. 2170 S.W. Crest Drive, Portland, Oregon
HAWTHORN FARMS. Hillsboro, Oregon
HAWTHORNE BRIDGE. Portland, Oregon
HAYDEN ISLAND. RIVER HOUSE. Portland, Oregon
HEEB, MR. PAUL, "Riverbank"
HOLY CROSS CEMETERY. Billings, Montana
HOLY CROSS CEMETERY. Spokane, Washington
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH. Portland, Oregon. John J. Stanton, Francis Jacobberger, architects
HOLYROOD CEMETERY. Seattle, Washington. L. M. Thielen, architect
HOOD RIVER COUNTY COURT HOUSE. Hood River, Oregon
HUDSON'S BAY HIGH SCHOOL. Vancouver, Washington
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CEMETERY. Stayton, Oregon
INDIAN FORD LODGE. Sisters, Oregon
INMAN, Mr. AND Mrs. E. E. Residence. Portland, Oregon. Herman Brookman, architect
INTERNATIONAL CLUB. Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii
BESS KAISER HOSPITAL. Portland, Oregon
KAISER, MR. AND MRS. EDGAR. "Carousel" Residence. Orcas Island, Washington
KAISER, MR. AND MRS. EDGAR F. Residence. Deer Harbor, Washington
KANATI FALLS RANCH. see ENGLEMAN, CAPT. C. L
KAUFMAN, DR. AND MRS. CHARLES. Residence. 3130 Savina Drive., Forest Grove, Oregon
KOLISH, MR. AND MRS. PIERRE. Residence. Portland, Oregon
LAWRENCE, MR. AND MRS. H. ABBOT. 3940 S.W. Council Crest., Portland, Oregon. Residence
LENZ, MR. AND MRS. PETER. Residence. Clackamas, Oregon
LEVERICH PARK. Vancouver, Washington
LEWIS AND CLARK COLLEGE. Portland, Oregon
LITTLE CHAPEL OF THE CHIMES. Gateway, Oregon
LOWER KULA ROAD, Maui, Hawaii
S.W. LURADEL AND S.W. 61ST STREET. Portland, Oregon. Don Byers, architect
MCKINNEY, ROBERT L. Residence. 2326 Cascade Way, Longview, Washington
McLAUGHLIN HEIGHTS. Vancouver, Washington
MALIE KULEANA. Omapoio, Kula, Maui
MARION COUNTY COURT HOUSE. Salem, Oregon
MARYLHURST COLLEGE. Portland, Oregon
MORRISON BRIDGE. Portland, Oregon
MOUNT CALVARY CEMETERY. Eugene, Oregon
MOUNT CALVARY CEMETERY. Sacramento, California
MOUNT CALVARY CEMETERY MAUSOLEUM, Portland, Oregon. L. N. Thielen, architect